BUZZING
Aug 25

Crashes Plague Brno Outing For Crutchlow, Smith

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

and ’s races both ended with frustration after crashes prevented them from getting the desired results.

Confident he could battle for a fifth podium of 2013 after securing pole position for the second time in his career, Crutchlow was locked in an exciting battle with and Alvaro Bautista in the early laps.

However, the 27-year-old tumbled out of fourth position on lap eight. The Briton rejoined the 22-lap race fighting through from the back of the field to take 17th at the chequered flag.

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Aug 25

Marquez Scores Fourth Straight MotoGP Victory

Rookie edged his Honda teammate to win the Czech on Sunday for his fourth straight victory to stretch his lead in the overall standings.

The 20-year-old Spaniard covered 22 laps of the 3.358-mile circuit in 42 minutes, 50.729 seconds to become the youngest rider to claim four consecutive races.

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Aug 25

Alonso Pleased To Be Back On The Podium

Fernando Alonso celebrates finishing second. (Photo: Getty Images)

celebrates finishing second. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso may have finished a distant second to at Spa, but the Spaniard was pleased to be back in the game after some frustrating races in July.

Alonso heads to Ferrari’s home race at Monza 46 points adrift of Vettel, but with 200 still available, he’s not out of the fight.

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Aug 25

Vettel Wins Belgian GP To Extend Overall Lead

Podium celebration. (Photo: Getty Images)

Podium celebration. (Photo: Getty Images)

needed little time to remind everyone why he remains the overwhelming favorite for a fourth straight Formula One title, clinching a dominant win at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his considerable championship lead.

With eight races left, Vettel heads to the Italian GP in two weeks’ time with 197 points — 46 ahead of and 58 clear of Lewis Hamilton, who leapfrogged Kimi Raikkonen into third overall after the Finn retired from the race.

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Aug 25

Pedrosa Tops Morning Warm-Up As Rain Looms

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Repsol Honda Team’s , winner in dramatic fashion last year, topped the Warm-Up with his best lap time of 1’56.515, which was just three thousandths of a second faster than championship-leading teammate . The top five was rounded out by Yamaha Factory Racing duo and Jorge Lorenzo, plus pole-sitter of Monster Yamaha Tech3.

The talk of the morning was the ever-increasing chance that rain will affect this afternoon’s 22-lap race. Dark skies surrounded the circuit, encouraging riders to practice bike changes in the pit lane in case they are faced with a Flag-to-Flag situation during the Grand Prix; incidentally, the likes of Crutchlow and Marquez are yet to experience such a scenario since making their ™ debuts.

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